Noose is tightening on Arshavin and Brown + Upson to sign today?

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First things first, Gunnerfever from Arsenal Mania just told us that Upson is going for a medical today and Bendtner will go to West Ham on loan, interesting and makes sense if true. He says that West ham will have the first option on Bendtner and the source is reliable.

Well I woke up to the good news that we appear to be closing in on the player known as Arshavin, apparently Zenit are looking to get £12mil and not the £10 that Arsenal have offered, that must mean there is no interest from Milan or City as we thought all along.

Alisher Usmanov. is chairman of Gazprom investholding, the company which manages Gazprom’s international investments and Zenit.

So word has it that Zenit officials have invited Ivan Gazidis to Russia to carry out negotiations on an Usmanov-brokered deal. This could explain the delay as Arsenal don’t want to be seen to be helped by the Russian shareholder, but it appears that he has now emerged as a key figure and if that’s the case, well done that man, because we need a transfer like this.

This is supposed to be happening next Tuesday, so maybe Arshavin and Eduardo to make a cameo appearance at Cardiff, the home of the unemployed.

If we do get Arshavin and don’t follow it up with a defensive midfielder and or a centre back we will be missing a real chance to make some progress here.

The news that Gabby (girls name) Agbonlahor is taunting us by saying they can afford a draw at Sunderland and we have a tough next four games compared to them should give our boys a little extra incentive to start playing like they know they can.

I would like to see us tighten the noose around Phil Browns scrawny neck and take the fishmongers to the cleaners, we owe them for humiliating us at the Grove and where better to do it than at their ground and gain revenge.

Arsenal TV last night had us down for a 2 to 3 nil win, Diaby said he wants revenge so all good noises coming from there, I reckon 3-1 because they are capable of scoring, their dismal run though should see us through as it coincides with our good run, let’s hope Sunderland can stop Villa’s lucky run and let us draw level with them, they aren’t that good and O’Neill is beginning to irritate me.

I’ll be an armchair fan today as Setanta have kindly offered to screen the game live, so I’ll be online policing the site today. I hear Wenger has been praising Vela, so why on earth doesn’t he play him then? He says Nasri not only prefers to play in the middle, he’s better when he plays in the middle, so why not play him there all the time then?

Try this line up boss, it may surprise you.


Sagna Kolo Djourou Clichy

Eboue Diaby/Ramsey Nasri Vela

Adebayor/Bendtner or Boy Wonder

Play that team and we’ll play as a team, play Denilson, Song, Diaby and Eboue in the same midfield you may as well give them the three points now and save the bus fare.

Have a great day Grovers it would be nice to see us playing decent football again, don’t forget though it was Nasri and Vela that picked the locks last week.

Having our injured players back will be like 4 new signings, what???

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I seem to remember you saying that last year, oh and the year before Arsene, injuries are part and parcel of football, we seem to have more than most, but that’s because we buy injury prone players, Eduardo and Cesc being the exception.

We can’t keep relying on players coming back, it didn’t work last season and it won’t work this, we need new players, we need 2 class players in each position because injuries and a long season dictate that.

Cesc said buying players does not guarantee success and ManU only win titles because ‘Their philosophy of attacking football was clear and they were rewarded for that.’

Well that and the fact they have spent more money on players than we turn over, Ronaldo, Rooney, Ferdinand, Carrick, Anderson, Nani, Hargreaves, Tevez and Berbatov to name but a few, going back Van Nistleroy, Saha and Veron to name a few more. And all those I just named cost more than Wiltord, our record signing of 9 years ago. (sorry Ronaldo was £1mil cheaper)

It’s a fact of life that clubs spend money, other clubs that spend more than we do include… well everyone except WBA, Stoke and Hull and if you work out that Nasri, Coquelin and Ramsey equated to Hleb, Gilberto and Hoyte, then we spent less than anyone and frankly that’s not acceptable.

Billionaire owners, like them or not are here to stay, Villa, Liverpool, ManU, Tottenham, City, West Ham and Portsmouth are all owned by billionaires, and yes I know a few of them are in trouble, but we aren’t and we don’t have to spend anymore than we got from sell ons to get the players we need, so I’m at a loss to work out why Arsenal haven’t spent our money.

Wenger in his wisdom turned down Palacios and sold Diarra, Diarra was sold on for £15mil more than we sold him for and Palacios just turned down a £16mil move to the spuds, so we aren’t that clever in the market anymore either are we?

Arshavin and a centre back would do, chuck in a defensive midfielder of note and we still have a shot a 3 trophies, Arshavin is the 6th best player in the world, why haggle when we know that Milan or someone else will pick him up for a few mil more, didn’t we learn by not signing Alonso?

Why did we bring in Gazidas? To sell more boxes or to negotiate some decent players?

I watched the kids play yesterday and Steve Bould let slip that Frimpong was told not to shoot from distance, but they let him off as he nearly scored three times, what an admission, don’t shoot, and that’s company policy! No wonder we go sideways like Pedro’s crab.

I have tried several times to get Danny Fizman on and this week I tried to get Tom Watt, but they don’t want to know, they won’t even explain why they don’t want to know either, I guess that shows they don’t give a rats arse what we the fans think at all, just give us your money, sit down and shut up, oh and watch Arsenal TV and the propaganda machine in full flow.

I will watch the Hull game tomorrow and pray the fringe players start to show us what they can do, we know Song will play and we know Eboue will play so I will get behind them, Alexandre and Emmanuel if you are reading this, go prove me wrong, please show us why Wenger has this faith in you, if you have a blinder your name will light this blog up on Sunday, I promise, I will be the first to admit I was wrong, or at least Pedro will as he does the match reports.

Meanwhile Arsene, please sign Arshavin and two others before we see another season go down the shitter, please.

We are all Arsenal fans, that’s why we write a blog and that’s why our Grovers spend hours on it commenting, we deserve at least to see our money get spent, it wasn’t long ago we had players like Bergkamp, Pires, Henry, Overmars and Campbell in the ranks, get a few names in and we’ll clean up.

One last thing, on Arsenal TV often celebrities name their all time Arsenal team, I would say 90% of them have Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Adams, Keown, Bould, Bergkamp and Wright in them, and you know what, you didn’t sign any of them.

The lesson there is all the great Arsenal teams had a fantastic defence with two big centre backs, a great keeper and at least two world class superstars up front.

I will leave you with that thought boss.

Have a great day today Grovers, this could be the day we get back a great centre back and a superstar!

P.S. Loads of Everton tickets in Le Exchange… e-mail me!!!

A night in with Arsenal TV, the girls plus the David Seaman interview.

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So last night it was one year old, so guess what? I decided to watch Arsenal TV all night, just me, the TV and a box of tissues.

First up Dennis Bergkamp, now when people talk about legends, this bloke truly is an Arsenal legend, I spent an hour going down memory lane and thinking about what was, listening to Dennis saying how football should be played, oh what deep joy, he finished by saying he would love to be a coach at Arsenal, and one day maybe even a manager. Dennis, I would buy my season ticket 3 years in advance if you did that.

Before I leave the legend front, why is it when Le Grove disagrees with something Arsenal do we are all ‘not real Arsenal fans’ – Ian Wright does it on a regular basis and those same people call him a legend? Odd isn’t it.

Imagine Arsene Wenger and his assistant Dennis Bergkamp, with Keown as defensive and Seaman as goal keeping coach, boy what a prospect! No offence Pat, I see you as an Arsenal legend as well.

This was followed by Tom Watt and his interview with David Seaman. Now Tom is like me, Arsenal through and through, although he is a bit of an AKB, but like Bob Wilson, I’ll forgive that as they are paid by Arsenal so you wouldn’t expect them to disagree with the way it’s going at the moment. Bob, probably like Tom doesn’t have to queue up at the station for an hour after the game.

Anyway, I enjoyed the show and particularly the interview with David Seaman. Tom said to David,

‘I think there’s a real player in Song, if we buy a ready made defensive midfielder, are we saying to Song, you’re not good enough? if we are he may say I’m not waiting 3 years, I’m off’

Talk about trying to put words into David Seaman’s mouth Tom! So what did David Seaman say then?

‘We can’t wait three years, we need to buy a ready made player now, sorry, he’s not good enough’

…Oops, that wasn’t expected, that wasn’t in the script. Good for you David Seaman.

Someone asked me yesterday why I hated Song so much, listen, for the last time, I don’t hate any Arsenal player, all I keep saying is he’s not good enough, not now, and I don’t want to wait 3 years to find out if he will be either. I would wait for Ramsey, I would wait for Theo and Wilshere, I waited for Clichy, Cesc and Djourou but I could see they would be good. Song I can’t, and having a team full of prospects won’t work, I would sooner have seen Muamba in there given those same chances, but he wasn’t and that’s why I get so angry when I see Song getting chance after chance.

So it was good to see an ex Arsenal player not towing the company line and saying what he believed to be true, so then what? Well then came the moment for me to be alone, as the Arsenal ladies then played Colchester in the FA cup.

The first 30 minutes they were in our faces, then Arsenal started to use the flanks, the wingers worked their magic and we won 7 nil, talk about a tissue moment, they were awesome, great, great football. Vic Akers needs to share with Arsene how to unlock a stubborn defence, these girls played the game like we used to when we had Overmars, Freddie, and Pires, and the finishing was as good as it gets.

So all in all a great night, I even emailed Tom and asked him to come on Le Grove, that would be fun, but don’t hold your breath.

Arshavin has offered to help pay his own transfer fee, Arsene I like the cut of this blokes jib, someone who wants to join us? pay the money, we’ll get it back in shirt sales alone.

Have a great day Grovers, this is the day that ***** predicted a press conference and I believe *****, always will, always have!